Dec. 7, 2002
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Buckeyes (3-2, 0-0) lost to UW-Green Bay (6-1, 0-0) 74-64 tonight at the Phoenix Sports Center in Green Bay, Wis. Sophomore Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) scored 24 points off 4-for-7 shooting from three-point land and senior D’wan Shackleford (Newark, Ohio/Newark) came off the bench to add 12 points and six rebounds to the OSU effort.
The game was a seesaw battle in the second half with four lead changes and one tie. Ohio State shot 59.1 percent from the field, sixty percent from the three-point line and outrebounded the Phoenix 30-24, but with 24 OSU turnovers compared to UW-Green Bay’s 16, the Buckeyes fell short by allowing the Phoenix to score 30 points off turnovers.
“We need to be more disciplined in the framework of taking care of the basketball,” Ohio State head coach Jim Foster said. “We let them reverse it, which is not a good thing to do with a solid team (like UW-Green Bay). We turned the ball over in a very careless fashion and they were aggressive.”
In the first half of play, with two three-point Ohio State leads, UW-Green Bay went up by as many as eight points before the Buckeyes tied the game at 25with 2:22 to go in the half on a DiDi Reynolds (Sr./Bascom, Ohio/Hopewell-Louden) layup off a full court pass from senior LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington). OSU subsequently went ahead by one (27-26) on a Shackleford two pointer underneath the bucket. Another Shackleford score and a Brandee Gibbs (Fr./Maple Plain, Minn./Orono) bucket down the lane sent Foster’s team up by three once more, but UW-Green Bay’s Natalie Yudt hit a trey at the buzzer to tie the contest at 31 going into halftime.
Sophomore Ashley Allen (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) scored eight points and Coleman scored six points and collected six boards against UW-Green Bay.
The Phoenix were lead in the first half by the sharp shooting of Abby Scharlow, who buried all four threes she took in the first half and the two treys she took in the second half. Scharlow ended up with a game-high 25 points. Kristy Loiselle, Chandra Johnson and Natalie Yudt scored 17, 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Phoenix.
The Buckeyes travel to Ohio University to take on the Bobcats Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in The Convo (Athens, Ohio).